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THE THREE LANDS: a Great Peninsula seriesBy Dusk Peterson

He vowed himself to his god. Now the god is growing impatient . . .

The Three Lands is a diverse fantasy series on friendship, romantic friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace. The series is inspired by conflicts between nations during the Roman Empire and the Dark Ages.


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Award and Reviews


Honorable Mention, One Perfect Score category, in the Rainbow Awards 2012, for the novel Law of Vengeance.


"I find the characterisations so sharply delicious, dark and shocking and yet engaging. . . . I like to savour each part." Clare London, author of The Gold Warrior.

"Even in Dusk Peterson's darkest stories there is hope and, when it's needed, redemption. . . . These are powerful stories, beautifully written, with characters who will linger in your memory." Smashwords (C. S. McClellan).

"There's something very special about Dusk's dark fic. Dark, very, but there's this smidgen of light in every cavern Dusk throws a reader, and the brightness of that light is practically overwhelming by the time you get to the end of the novel, and it is like crawling to the opening of a cavern. It's like getting a miracle." Goodreads (K. M. Frontain).


The Three Lands: an omnibus of fantasy novels set in the Great Peninsula

Koretia, Emor, and Daxis were all founded on the same day, but as the centuries have passed, the Three Lands of the Great Peninsula have become increasingly divided by religion, government, and culture. Koretians worship many gods, Daxions worship one goddess, and Emorians revere only their law. Emorians claim that Koretians are vicious and superstitious, Koretians think that Daxions are vile oath-breakers, and Daxions charge that Emorians abuse their children and slaves.

If a god were to appear in the Three Lands, would his appearance bring an end to the fighting between nations? Or would he merely help to spark an inferno of war?

As the inhabitants of the Three Lands struggle to adjust to the appearance of an unexpected visitor into the human world, two people will play crucial roles in the conflict. One is a young Emorian clever, courageous, and affectionate who will come to understand the Koretians with a depth and intimacy that few others of his land can match. The second person is a Koretian boy whom the Emorian will seek to destroy.

This 2013 edition of the omnibus is expanded to half a million words. It provides a bundled collection of three novels, two novellas, and a novelette in The Three Lands, a multicultural fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace.

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     ¶ Data: 510,000 words | Publication history.
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Law Links (novel) | Blood Vow (novel) | Re-creation: gift for a slave (novelette) | Law of Vengeance (novel) | Bard of Pain (novella) | Mystery (novella).


Law Links

Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.

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     ¶ Data: 160,000 words | Publication history.

Death Mask

For eighteen years, he has survived in an army unit where few soldiers live more than two or three years. Now he finds himself in circumstances where his life is a living hell. Will the soldier who defied death find that life is too great a challenge?

Soldiers, spies, rebels, assassins, gods, and men who set out to break him . . . The Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol will learn that his greatest test is himself.

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Blood Vow

He has taken a blood vow to the Jackal God to bring freedom to his land by killing Koretia's greatest enemy. But what will he do when the enemy becomes his friend?

Thrust into exile and pain, young Andrew has no choice but to accept the friendship of the very person he had vowed to kill. When he returns with his friend to his homeland fifteen years later, though, he finds himself in a land of conflicting loyalties . . . where a vengeful god awaits him.

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     ¶ Data: 120,000 words | Publication history.
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Law of Vengeance

For over twenty years, Lord Carle has told the heir to the Emorian throne that vengeance is only the other side of mercy, and that disobedience and treachery should never be forgiven. Finally it seems that his message has been received. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that Carle should have chosen this moment to break the law.

As war threatens and the foundations of his life crumble, his only hope for rescue lies with a man who has every reason to hate Carle.

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     ¶ Data: 150,000 words | Publication history.
     ¶ Award: Honorable Mention, One Perfect Score category, in the Rainbow Awards 2012.


Breached Boundaries

The boundaries of rank declare that Serva can be a princess or she can be a slave. But for the bastard daughter of the King of Daxis, life is not that simple.

Forced to be a tool in a battle waged by her land's unstable King and his dangerously devious heir, Serva cannot even find refuge among her fellow slaves. Instead, she secretly explores the hidden portions of the palace. In this way, she meets an imprisoned spy who is scheduled for execution.

But when a simmering war bubbles to the surface, Serva must choose where her loyalties lie. She must also solve the mystery of the spy's past, and of her own future.


Adversaries. When an endangered slave visits an imprisoned spy, she discovers that she has more options in life than she had thought.

Challenge. When danger arises, an enslaved princess must reconsider her decision to remain loyal. Feed subscriptionUpcoming. To receive notice of e-book publications and free fiction, subscribe to Dusk Peterson's e-mail list or blog. See below for a progress report on upcoming fiction in this series.

Side stories


Set during the events of Law Links:

Wildfire. He was a loyal servant of the god. But even loyal servants have their limits.

Famine or Feast. Adrian knew that friendship was a fundamental custom of all mankind. Or so he thought, until his closest friend discovered a mysterious journal.

Set during the events of Blood Vow:

Re-creation: gift for a slave (Kindle edition). What can you give a slave who, by law, can own nothing?

Set before the events of Breached Boundaries:

Guise. Daxis is the land of bards and of truths too painful to be faced.

Set in later years:

Bard of Pain (Kindle edition | free Braille and DAISY editions). In the battle-weary lands of the Great Peninsula, only one fate is worse than being taken prisoner by the Lieutenant: being taken prisoner if you are the Lieutenant.

Mystery (Kindle edition | Also available in The Three Lands: an omnibus of fantasy novels set in the Great Peninsula). Three days ago he faced death by fire. Now he faces a bigger challenge.

Map and series resources

Map of the Three Lands of the Great Peninsula.

The Great Peninsula: series resources for The Three Lands. This page includes a chronology of events and a pronunciation of proper names.

Shared Universes: Works set in the Three Lands world by other authors and artists.

Progress report: status of upcoming stories

Updated June 2017. All titles and ordering are tentative at this point.

Demon in His Lair (volume). Just started.

[Law Links and Wildfire appear here chronologically.]

Death Mask (volume).

Hidden Blade (side story). Completed. Being edited.

[Blood Vow appears here chronologically.]

The Fire Before (side story). Completed. Being edited.

[Re-creation appears here chronologically.]

Touch Fire (volume). In progress.

[Law of Vengeance and Guise appear here chronologically.]

Breached Boundaries (volume).

In the Spirit (side story). Completed. Being edited.

The Golden Chain (volume). In progress.

Law-Lover (side story). Completed. Being edited.

Empty Dagger Hand (volume). In progress.

[Bard of Pain appears here chronologically.]

Unknowable (side story). In progress.

The Long Night (volume). In progress.

[Mystery appears here chronologically.]

Upcoming companion series: The Thousand Nations

Search for the Jackal (volume). In progress.

Princeling and Darkling Plain are now available here.

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